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Mysterious Nature

14.02.2016 - Denis Côté, Christoph Gröner

Exploding onto the scene a decade ago with his Locarno-winning film Drifting States, director Denis Côté has returned almost yearly with his genre-bending films to the A-list festival circuit to wow and unsettle audiences, critics and juries alike. Often following loners, outsiders and misfits through provincial and wild landscapes, Côté’s enigmatic films plumb the depths of human relationships and lay bare the secrets that cause relations to change. Back this year with Boris without Béatrice in Competition, Côté discusses the creative development of this moral fairytale which lends itself to multiple interpretations, how he connects with his mysterious characters and why a question is sometimes the better answer in the dialogue with an audience.


Denis Côté

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Canadian writer, producer and director of many award-winning films like BESTIAIRE, CURLING, which won the Best Director Award at Locarno in 2010, and VIC + FLO SAW A BEAR, which won the Alfred Bauer Award at the 2013 Berlinale. His latest film BORIS WITHOUT BÉATRICE premieres in this year's Berlinale Competition.

Christoph Gröner

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Christopher Gröner is a film festival programmer and film journalist who has written for Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Welt and the trade magazine Blickpunkt: Film, among others. He is a programmer for Filmfest München, where he handles the New German Cinema section and other world premieres. Additionally, he works as a competition programmer for the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and is a consultant on German-speaking regions for the Zurich Film Festival.